Breeds, dog rescue, foster dogs, fosterdogs, fostering, puppies


I’ve never been a believer in unicorns, but…..I’ve got two in my puppy room right now!

suess boys

When I posted a few pictures/videos of my newest foster puppies on Facebook, another OPH volunteer commented, “You’ve got unicorns!”

So true. It is rare to see hypoallergenic dogs in rescue, rarer still to see hypoallergenic puppies. These two are miniature poodiley pups who remind me of the shitzu we had when I was a kid, but minus the bulging eyes. They are tiny and precious and without all that fluff, they’d be no bigger than large rats (but much cuter).

In the pictures, they look much larger than they are – the camera and the fluff add serious bulk. The Suess Boys are three pounds of precious and only 13 weeks old. They arrived on transport from South Carolina on Saturday.

Because I was gone all day at the PA Book Fest, Nick picked them up and settled them in for me. He texted when they were safely home. Addie (who is a Starbuck barista) said they looked like the dogs that fancy suburban women bring into Starbucks in their purses. Ian said they were cute. Nick said they were noisy. I couldn’t wait to get home to meet them!

And OMG, are they adorable! Like little puppy dolls. They have bright button eyes and prance instead of run. Their little tails never stop wagging and they spend their days waiting at the doorway for someone to come and adore them.

I love their smallness – the ferocious barks they make when someone comes to the house are comical instead of annoying. Their poops are so tiny, it’s like I’m cleaning up after guinea pigs. And at three pounds, I could carry them around all day (and they’d like it – especially Thing One!).

When they get wrestling, they are a fuzzy blur, rolling around the puppy pen. It’s very difficult to make out who is on top, who is snarling, and where one stops and the other ends.


Meet Thing One –

Thing One

He is microscopically smaller than Thing Two with a more pointy snout. He is calmer (calmness is relative remember) and loves to be held. He would love a life riding around in a fancy woman’s purse. He loves his treats and seems to have a pretty good nose for them –he especially likes the toys that you can hide treats inside.

And this is thing Two

Thing Two

He’s got a pretty silver/black mix to his coat and is the more energetic of the two (which means he bounces at 200 mph, as opposed to Thing One who goes more like 195mph). He’s the bossman in this duo and outwrestles Thing One for every new toy which he then carries around and around the pen proudly showing off before depositing it in the crate they share.

Frankie isn’t sure what to make of them. He watches them and occasionally assumes the let’s play position on the other side of their fence, but you can see the confusion in his face – are they dogs or rodents? So far, I’ve decided it’s best not to let him have access beyond admiring them from the other side of the fence. After two days, he’s basically lost interest unless they get a serious wrestle going.


As I alluded to in the last post, they already have adopters. In fact, one of them had an approved adopter before he was even loaded on the van in South Carolina. No one in OPH is surprised by this. We know how rare it is to find a possibly hypoallergenic, miniature dog in rescue, but to find two puppies?!

We will enjoy our precious unicorns for the two weeks we are gifted with them. If you’d like to meet these little muppets, join us this Friday from 5-8pm for our Adoption Event at Gunpowder Brewery in New Freedom, PA. The Suess boys will be there along with a few adoptable dogs and possibly some OPH alumni. Join us for a beer and to find out how you can volunteer, foster, or adopt with OPH Rescue! Click here for more information on the event (and to find out which adoptable dogs will be there!).

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4 thoughts on “Unicorns!”

  1. Hi Cara! They are just darling. I have never been a little dog person, but they are special.

    Pre-ordered your book last night. Very excited.
    Schuyler continues to be sweeter and sweeter each day. She is very special. As a veterinarian, my 97 year old Dad has known many dogs and he and my mother adore her.
    Also, does Ian share the essay he wrote?


    1. I’ll have to ask Ian about the essay. Schuyler is VERY special. I hope she’ll be able to make it out to sign books with me at one of my events. I think four of her pups will be at the event at Monument Brewing in Baltimore on August 11.


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